A Judge has issued an arrest warrant for a man who demanded ONE MILLION EURO to come back into court.Thomas Dignam appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday. Mr Dignam, of Woodlands, Dooish, Ballybofey faces a number of motoring charges.The 69-year-old is charged with having no insurance and no driving license at LIDL car park at Paddy Harte Road in Letterkenny on June 12th, 2018.He is also charged with holding a mobile phone while driving on the same date.When asked what he was doing about the charges by Judge Paul Kelly, Dignam replied that the charges were “legal fiction.”When asked if he was Thomas Dignam he replied “I’m the man commonly known as Thomas Dignam.”Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until 2pm yesterday afternoon.However, Dignam replied “I want one million euro to come back into this court.”He then left the court.The case was then called in the afternoon but Mr Dignam failed to appear.Prosecuting Garda Gareth Moanghan said he stopped Dignam on the day in question and he was reluctant to give his full name and was “making light of the situation.”The Garda said he was argumentative and he was issued with a summons.Judge Kelly said Mr Dignam had handed in a number of documents in which he claimed that Letterkenny District Court was “a ship in dry dock.”He also appeared to have handed in an insurance certificate.However, upon checking the dates covered by the document, Sgt Gerard Dalton said the document did not cover the date on which the accused was stoped.Judge Kelly asked if Mr Dignam had any previous convictions and Gardai said that he had just one – for possession of explosives in 1974.A warrant was issued for Dignam’s arrest.Judge issues arrest warrant for the one million euro man! was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestletterkennyone million eurosommonsThomas Dignamwarrant. mobile phone
The moment you enter South Africa, customs officials will be nearby and ready to inspect your luggage. If you are not certain as to what to do when you cross paths with them, don’t worry, our customs guide will help put you at ease.Travellers to South Africa are able to bring two-litres of their favourite wine without the need to pay duty or value-added tax. (Image: Brand South Africa)Whether you arrive in South Africa by air, sea or land, you have to pass through customs control, where you may be questioned and your baggage may be scanned or searched for dutiable, restricted or prohibited goods.On arrival, travellers with goods to declare must complete a Traveller Card and make a verbal declaration of their goods to a customs officer, who will then generate a Traveller Declaration (TRD1).If you’re found with undeclared, restricted or prohibited goods, you could be fined or even face prosecution. To help you avoid this, and make your arrival in and departure from South Africa as smooth as possible, here’s a quick guide to moving goods in and out of the country.Note: This information serves as a guide only. It remains subject to change without notice. If you are in any doubt as to whether the goods you intend to bring into South Africa are restricted, contact your nearest South African embassy or high commission abroad (see links in box on right).What you can bring in duty-free?Once you’re over the duty-free limitRestricted: goods that you have to declareProhibited: goods that you may not bringRather safe than sorryTravellers in transitVAT refunds for touristsHow much money can I travel with?What you can bring in duty-free?You can bring the following goods into South Africa without paying customs duty or value added tax (VAT):Consumable goods in accompanied baggage:Cigarettes – up to 200 per person.Cigars – up to 20 per person.Cigarette or pipe tobacco – up to 250g per person.Perfume – up to 50ml per person; eau de toilette (scented liquid lighter than cologne) – up to 250ml per person.Wine – up to 2 litres per person.Spirits and other alcoholic beverages – up to 1 litre in total per person.People under 18 can claim this duty-free allowance on consumable goods – with the exception of alcohol and tobacco products – provided the goods are for their personal use.Medicines: You are allowed to bring in one month’s supply of pharmaceutical drugs or medicines for your personal use. Any other pharmaceutical drugs or medicines must be accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician, and have to be declared.Personal effects, sport and recreational equipment: You can bring in personal effects, sport and recreational equipment, either as accompanied or unaccompanied baggage, for your own use during your visit.In the case of very expensive articles, you may be required to lodge a cash deposit to cover the potential duty/tax on their re-export. The deposit will be refunded on departure after a customs officer has inspected the items and verified that they are being re-exported.Handmade articles for commercial purposes: Travellers from Southern African Customs Union (SACU) or Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states are allowed to bring into South Africa handmade articles of leather, wood, plastic, or glass if the goods do not exceed 25 kilograms in total, without the payment of duties and taxes.Additional goods: In addition to the personal effects and consumables duty-free allowances, you are allowed to bring in new or used goods in accompanied baggage to the value of R5 000, or R25 000 if arriving from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia or Swaziland.What if I am over the duty-free limit?Once the above limits are exceeded, all goods brought into South Africa are subject to the payment of customs duty and value added tax (VAT) – including goods bought duty-free on aircraft or ships or in duty-free shops.For goods of up to R20 000 in value, you have the option of paying customs duty at a flat rate of 20%. Flat-rated goods are also exempt from payment of VAT. This is valid only once per person per 30-day period.People under 18 can opt for the flat-rate assessment, provided the goods are for their personal use.Once you’re over the additional R20 000 limit – or if you waive the flat rate option – then duty will be assessed and paid on each individual item you’re carrying, and an additional 14% VAT will be charged.Goods that do not qualify for the flat-rate assessment include:Firearms.Goods for commercial purposes.Consumable goods in excess of the quantities detailed above.Goods or gifts carried on behalf of other people. Not only are these are subject to duties and taxes, but they may also require an import permit.Goods that you have to declareCertain goods are restricted, and may only be brought into South Africa if you have the necessary authority or permit, and these must be declared on arrival. They include any firearms, as well as:Currency: South African bank notes in excess of R25 000; foreign currency above $10 000; gold coins; coin and stamp collections; and unprocessed gold.Endangered plants and animals: Species of plants or animals that are listed as endangered, whether they are alive or dead, as well as any parts of or articles made from them.Food, plants, animals and biological goods: All plants and plant products, such as seeds, flowers, fruit, honey, margarine and vegetable oils. Also animals, birds, poultry and products thereof, such as dairy products, butter and eggs.Medicines: You are allowed to bring in one month’s supply of pharmaceutical drugs or medicines for your personal use. Any other medicines must be accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician, and have to be declared.A full list of prohibited and restricted goods is available on the South African Revenue Service website: www.sars.gov.zaGoods you’re not allowed to bringIt is illegal to bring the following goods into South Africa:Narcotics: any narcotic or psychotropic substances, including drugs such as cannabis, heroin, cocaine, mandrax or ecstasy; or any paraphernalia relating to their use.Any fully automatic, military or unnumbered weapons, as well as explosives, fireworks or weapons of mass destruction.Any poison and other toxic substance.Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2kg per 1 000.Any goods to which a trade description or trademark is applied in contravention of any law (for example, counterfeit goods).Unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright.Any prison- or penitentiary-made goods.If you’re in any doubt about the goods you want to bring into South Africa, contact your nearest South African Embassy or High Commission abroad or the nearest SARS customs office.List of South African offices abroad: www.dirco.gov.zaContact SARS: www.sars.gov.zaRather safe than sorryYou can avoid problems by making sure that you:Always declare all goods in your possession.Produce receipts for goods purchased abroad – including goods bought duty- free on aircraft or ships or in duty-free shops.If you are unsure of the value of goods which you should declare, ask for assistance from the customs officer on duty.Remember, failure to declare goods, under-declaration of the value of goods, or production of false receipts or invoices could lead to the seizure of your goods as well as criminal prosecution or fines of up to three times the value of the goods.Travellers in transitTravellers in transit to countries outside the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), which comprises Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, do not have to comply with customs formalities in South Africa.This applies only if you have been booked from an airport outside the SACU, and you are not travelling to your final destination by road. These passengers may not leave the transit area of the airport between flights. Their baggage will automatically be transferred from their international flight.Note, however, that customs officials may still search travellers in transit and their baggage for any illegal drugs or counterfeit goods. Anyone found with such goods will be detained and handed over to the police for prosecution.PaymentsCustoms duties and taxes are payable in South African rand. Payment can be made in cash, by credit card or by means of traveller’s cheques.Should you have any questions or doubt about the amount of duty paid or payable, or any other matter about your dealings with a customs official, you should take the matter up with the senior customs officer in charge. The receipt you obtain from Customs must be given to the officer dealing with your enquiry.VAT refunds for touristsValue added tax (VAT) at a rate of 14% is levied on the purchase of most goods in South Africa. As a foreign visitor you may apply for a refund of the VAT you pay while in the country – provided you apply before you depart.To apply, make sure you get tax invoices for your purchases. Then present these to the VAT Refund Administrator at your point of departure. If he/she is not available, present your goods to a customs officer, who will inspect the goods, stamp your invoices and deliver them to the VAT Refund Administrator, who will correspond with you on the matter.For more information on how and where to apply for VAT refunds, visit www.taxrefunds.co.zaHow much money can I travel with?Currency brought into or taken from South Africa is monitored by law. Should you have more than R25 000 in South African currency or $10 000 or the equivalent thereof in foreign currency, this must be declared.As a foreign visitor, you can bring in up to R25 000 in South African currency (rands), plus an unlimited amount in foreign currencies and traveller’s cheques, provided you declare this on arrival.On departure, you can also take out R25 000 in South African currency (rands), and up to the amount in foreign currencies and traveller’s cheques that you declared when you arrived – provided you didn’t stay for more than 12 months.Temporary importsPlease note that you may be required to lodge a cash deposit to cover the potential duty/tax on expensive articles if you are bringing them in on a temporary basis. The deposit will be refunded when you leave after a customs officer has physically inspected the items and verified that the goods are being re-exported.Visitors must notify the Customs office where the deposit was lodged at least two days before you leave to ensure that the refund is ready. You will find the office number on the documents which will be given to you when paying your deposit.If you are leaving from a port other than the port where you lodged the deposit, the inspection report confirming the re-exportation of the items will be forwarded to the office where the deposit was lodged and a cheque will be posted to the address that you provided.Conference organisersIf you are bringing goods into the country specifically for a conference such as pamphlets, brochures and banners, you need to do the following:If these goods are accompanying you, you need to follow the same process as normal travellers.If the goods are not coming with you but are being sent into the country at a different time (unaccompanied baggage), you have to declare them on a DA 306 form. You need to complete the form before you come into the country and take it to your nearest customs office when you arrive in South Africa. This is a simplified clearance procedure for goods that will not be sold in the country.Source: South African Revenue ServiceReviewed: October 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sportsmen often find one or two specific niches for which they develop a sincere, lifelong passion. One such niche is upland hunting with bird dogs — a sport that devotees would describe as a pleasurable obsession, or maybe even an addiction.Recollecting a tremendous day’s hunt with his bird dogs, Sage and Abbie, famed television journalist Tom Brokaw once reflected on his life, “I’ve interviewed presidents and royalty, rock stars and movie stars, famous generals and captains of industry. I’ve had front rows seats at Super Bowls, World Series, and Olympic Games; my books have been on best-seller lists, and my marriage is a long running success. That day with Sage and Abbie is right up there when I come to reckon, ‘How did one guy get so lucky?’”And popular Western writer Tom McGuane says that for him, “The dogs are everything, and they want to hunt, too. Bird dogs plead with you to imagine the great things you could be doing together. Their delight is a lesson in the bliss of living.”Closer to home, Eric Sarakaitis, of Johnstown, is a man who loves the act of bird hunting, but appreciates the artful beauty of working bird dogs even more. For him, the dogs really are everything.“For me, it is more about watching the dog work and rewarding the dog for a good point by shooting the bird. Walking up to a dog that is on point is the most intimate moment in the woods or field I have experienced. There is a time when I am so focused and in tune with the dog, that I can’t hear or see anything beyond the dog on point, knowing that what is about to happen is going to be special. There is such great anticipation and excitement about the sound of the flush and the concealed bird exploding up off the ground,” Sarakaitis said.Sarakaitis hunts over Brittany Spaniels, preferring their cooperative nature and the pleasurable addition they are to his household.“I have four Brittanies — two males, Diesel and Captain, and two females, Addie and Bella —and they are true companions first, and a hunting tool second,” he said.As an illustration of his love for these dogs and his hunting interests, a large portion of his property has been set aside for his animal cohorts. Sarakaitis has created an impressive facility to train and exercise his dogs.“I have two acres fenced with no-climb horse fence. A little less than half of it is wooded, which provides great opportunities to train for grouse and woodcock. I can set up training scenarios with dense wooded cover, which is difficult to do in most training areas. Not only does it give them a good training environment, but it is also a safe, secure playpen for them. They have a lot of area to run and exercise and stay healthy for hunting season,” Sarakaitis said.Within this fenced run, Eric also has a bird pen he uses for the raising and day-to-day storage of training fowl. The birds are housed in a four-by-four-by-eight-foot “Johnny House” with a connected four-by-eight-foot raised flight pen on the outside.“At any given time, I’ll have chukar, quail, and ideally pigeons — because they’re the most hardy — in my pen. These birds are used in all aspects of training, from teaching a dog to use its nose to scent mark the location of birds, steadying to point, and retrieving after the shot. During training, I employ the use of bird launchers, which is a mechanical apparatus with a remote release that launches the birds into flight. This allows me to release the birds at will and helps me when teaching obedience, commands, and such when I’m working with a dog,” he said.Eric begins to work with his bird dogs at a very young age, introducing them to quail from his bird pen as soon as they can run and see. He said that from the owner’s/trainer’s standpoint it is good to create a strong bond and understanding with one’s canine companion when they are still pups.“You are training them to hunt at the same time you are teaching them to listen,” he said.However, Sarakaitis does not do all of the training of the dogs by himself. He elicits the help of his other dogs as well.“It is good to have more than one bird dog for training — 90% of my pups’ manners and learning how to be hunting dogs are taught by their peers,” he said. “When training, you want to substantiate prey drive first, and then leverage that prey drive for further training in regard to pointing, steadying, introduction to the gun, and obedience. All that being said, in my experience, most dogs are ready for exposure to wild birds anywhere from six months of age to a year old. But that does not imply that their training and learning is finished.”Sarakaitis takes an annual autumn pilgrimage northward to Michigan to hunt grouse and woodcock. Due to dramatically diminishing grouse numbers in this state, he primarily hunts for pheasant and woodcock here in Ohio. He also does some dove hunting in the early fall, and brings a couple of his dogs with him on these excursions to retrieve downed birds.“Brittanies are not known to be strong retrievers but mine do well with it. For whatever reason, two of my dogs are absolutely phenomenal at retrieving doves,” he said.What Brittanies are known for is their relentless, “all business” attitude when released into the field and their keen sense of smell that will bring them to a tense, motionless stand-still when they detect a game bird hidden in a mat of dense cover. When hunting for pheasant throughout central and south-central Ohio, Sarakaitis and his dogs have a set method of operation to bag the birds.“As much as possible, I try to set up to hunt into the wind, paying attention to natural structure — breaks in cover, fencerows, tree lines. My dogs’ primary role is to quarter, or zigzag, across native prairie grasses such as switch grass, foxtail, and goldenrod, smelling for bird life. They are to hunt by scent alone, coming to freeze on point when the scent cone of the game has been identified,” Sarakaitis said. “I utilize both beepers and bells on my dogs for location purposes. When the bells stop ringing and the beepers go off to indicate the dogs’ motion has stopped —which means they have located a bird and are on point — my job is to get to the dog, then to flush and shoot at the bird and hopefully not miss.”While the dogs’ job and behavior is similar when hunting woodcock, the terrain differs dramatically. Woodcock, which migrate through Ohio on their way south in October and November, navigate by constellations at night, coming down into damp areas of heavy cover in the pre-dawn hours. Hunters can find them after their night flights in the dense and tangled world of sumac, alder, and dogwood trees, where the birds probe for the staple of their diet, earthworms. Hunting in such terrain can make the going slow and difficult, and getting to a dog on point an adrenalized challenge. And after the flush, be ready for some quick shooting through heavy cover, as woodcock have an uncanny ability to put trees and brush between themselves and the gun in a matter of moments.The close connection and intimate level of involvement that Sarakaitis has with his bird dogs is representative of gentleman bird hunters across this nation. In speaking with Sarakaitis and others of his like him, it becomes clear that they have bird dogs in their blood, and that these men’s lives are greatly enriched by their canine hunting buddies.Professor, writer, and bird dog aficionado Bob DeMott, of Athens, best captures this affectionate link between man and beast, writing “I never tire of watching a bird dog go about its nosey business…Maybe the profoundest mystery of all is how bird dogs insinuate themselves so deeply into our hearts and lives. Maybe the greatest question is why…we go on needing them so much?”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseI have been doing this writing/reporting/interviewing job for a while now. One of the first things I learned was, even at the risk of making myself sound dumb, I always try to admit my lack of knowledge about something and ask the questions needed to amend it. This is a good general policy and, in my case, it is important for very selfish reasons.If I don’t know something and ask a dumb question to get the answer, I look silly to that person. If I do not ask the question and write about something I do not really know about, then I instead end up looking silly to thousands of readers. A lack of understanding has a way of compounding problems moving forward. In short, if you don’t know, do the leg work to find out the answers before you take action.Thus far, Ohio agriculture has been pushing (fairly successfully) for this very strategy in terms of the ongoing water quality challenges in the state. That appears to be changing, though, as political pressure to address the complex problem increases.If I took a poll, I would imagine that 100 out of 100 Ohioans would want to drastically reduce or eliminate harmful algal blooms in Ohio’s lakes. Zero out of 100 Ohioans would definitively know how to accomplish that goal, though I am sure some would act like they had the solution without really knowing the answer. One of those Ohioans, apparently, would be Gov. John Kasich.There have been agricultural rumblings about this for awhile now, but last month in the Cleveland Plain Dealer it said this: Kasich, speaking to Ohio newspaper publishers Wednesday, said he was disappointed the legislature hasn’t acted to further restrict fertilizer application, which directly contributes to algal blooms in Lake Erie…Kasich said he supports farmers, too, but something should be done to address the minority of farmers who pollute the lake. Kasich spokesman Jim Lynch said an executive order is in the works, but the details have not yet been determined.With experts who have studied the details of water quality for their entire careers unable to come up with clear solutions, it seems certain the contents of the executive order are likely to fall short of successful, whatever they are. Kasich himself has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of basic agricultural understanding and, recently, he even struggled with the specifics of his administration’s recent proposal for the Lake Erie impairment designation. In a gubernatorial gaff, Kasich muddled his way though responses to questions at the Michigan Press Association convention in Lansing on May 11 concerning the topic. MLive (a Michigan-based news website) reporter Garret Ellison asked straight-forward questions and got flustered responses. Here is an excerpt about Kasich’s plans to regulate:John Kasich: So sir, you know, part of leadership is not just to bang the table and get out a sledgehammer to get your way. I think we’ve seen a lot of that lately. It doesn’t work very well. So that’s the way that I lead, and we’ll see where this goes. And when you raise phosphorous, that’s all from fertilizer, okay? I answered that question. So you came up with these terms or whatever and I’m telling you we’re working on it. And we are reducing, but we’re going to have to have even more action done.Garret Ellison: You mean mandatory action, or voluntary action?John Kasich: No, no, no. We’ll have regulatory action, okay? …. And by the way I would probably have to do it unilaterally because we’ll never get it through the legislature, okay?The interview, though embarrassing, will be algae under the bridge compared to the perceived foolishness of the Kasich Administration after passing executive orders to fix the problem and inevitably failing. After running a campaign and getting elected as governor (twice) on an anti-regulation pro-business platform, it seems shortsighted (at best) for Kasich to throw in some late-term regulations that will undoubtedly add bureaucratic hoops for farmers to jump through and undoubtedly NOT solve the problem of harmful algae in Lake Erie. Piling more rules on agriculture — already among the most heavily regulated industries in Ohio — is not the answer.In contrast to the politically driven and premature action of Kasich’s executive order plans directed at regulating fertilizer, Ohio agriculture has invested millions into proactively asking the challenging questions to determine the real causes of the problems and finding some real solutions. This has certainly proven to be a challenging endeavor and the process has not been quick. Finding real solutions will continue to take more time. As Joe Cornely with Ohio Farm Bureau sagely told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “We’re not saying go slow, we’re saying be smart” and “We’re not going to be able to fix a problem like that or agriculture’s piece of the problem in a fashion where things get done overnight.”The slow progress in improving water quality is understandably frustrating for residents of places like Toledo where issues with harmful algae in the water are a part of life and there is no doubt political pressure is mounting. Kasich is likely yearning for the support of the 100% of people who want to improve water quality as he considers another presidential run after his time as Ohio’s governor is up. But throwing together regulations that are not based on the reality of what is happening will not make the water better any faster. Those regulations will only succeed in bogging down rural Ohio and upsetting rural America. Who was it that won the presidential election for Donald Trump again?Kasich has already illustrated his lack of understanding regarding agriculture and water quality numerous times, and I think if he does make a run for the White House he’ll find that an August/September algal bloom is not all that far removed from the November elections. By taking the plunge into the murky waters of more nutrient regulation, any future “Kasich for President” campaign may end up focused less on red states and blue states, and more on the green water in one state.